“Seventy percent of people experience trauma at some point in their lives,” says Reggie D. Ford. Like many others in his East Nashville neighborhood, Reggie could have been a victim of the streets. While crime, violence and poverty were second nature for...
“Seventy percent of people experience trauma at some point in their lives,” says Reggie D. Ford. Like many others in his East Nashville neighborhood, Reggie could have been a victim of the streets. While crime, violence and poverty were second nature for many, Reggie knew in his heart he was destined for more. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Reggie went on to open his own business, RoseCrete Wealth Management, and write a book titled PTSD: Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction in which he re-examines the black experience in America.
To get through traumatic experiences, most people make the mistake of normalizing their trauma. When they do this, they turn a blind-eye to the problem and allow for the cycle of abuse to continue. For most of his life, Reggie lived this way. It wasn’t until the year when Reggie hit rock bottom that he began to truly understand the importance of mental health. Along his healing journey, Reggie had to understand trauma on both personal and generational levels. Knowing where his trauma was originating was the key to jumpstarting the healing process and beginning to break his generational trauma.
Tune into this week’s episode of Southern Soul Live Stream for a raw conversion about perseverance. Learn more about Reggie’s definition of PTSD and why mental health and wealth management are the keys to breaking the curse of generational trauma and poverty.
• “Finance and understanding money was something that was important to me because I saw the pitfalls and mistakes that so many people in my family had made.” (06:18-06:27)
• “I had to recognize that a lot of the trauma that I faced was placed on me by those who came before me: my parents, my grandparents, those in my family that were older than me. And then in my healing process, I began to learn and understand what their traumas were.” (11:49-12:07)
• “When money is such a pressing issue in the house, anything can trigger you.” (14:19-14:23)
• “‘You can't control what's out of your control’ was something that my mom used to instill in me. It built up and helped to restore my confidence.” (22:01-22:12)
• “When you are in a traumatic environment, you normalize it and that becomes a defense mechanism just to keep pushing through it. But when you're removed from it and it’s reintroduced, that's when you start to feel negative effects.” (25:43-25:57)
• “I finally realized that my mental health had to be a priority for me or else I could not be productive, helpful or beneficial in any other aspect of my life.” (34:24-34:34)
Connect with Reggie D. Ford:
• RoseCrete Wealth Management: https://www.rosecrete.com/
• Purchase Book - Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction
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